Biden's COVID summit, search for Brian Laundrie, autumnal equinox: 5 things to know Wednesday

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Biden to announce plans to send 500M vaccine doses around the world at virtual COVID summit

The United States plans to send an additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world, increasing the total doses donated to other nations to more than 1.1 billion. President Biden is expected to announce the commitment at a virtual world COVID summit he's hosting Wednesday. In a speech Tuesday at the United Nations, Biden called on world leaders to step up vaccination efforts and expand access to treatments. He touted the U.S. COVID global response, which includes an investment of more than $15 billion, as a "dose of hope." Among the items to be discussed Wednesday are "solving the oxygen crisis, and making tests, therapeutics and PPE more available," according to a White House statement.

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Report: As flights go on, many Haitian migrants are being released in US

Many Haitian migrants camped in the small Texas border city of Del Rio are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials told the Associated Press. The move undercuts the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion. Haitians have been released on a "very, very large scale" in recent days, according to one U.S. official. It comes despite the signaling of an effort to repatriate them back to Haiti under a pandemic-related authority that denies migrants an opportunity to seek asylum. A third U.S. official told the Associated Press there were seven daily flights to Haiti planned starting Wednesday. Meanwhile, new images of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing after migrants trying to stop them from crossing the border from Mexico into Texas has led to widespread and strongly worded criticism from experts, former officials and lawmakers.

Coroner rules remains are Gabby Petito's, says manner of death is homicide

The remains found at a campground near Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park are those of Gabby Petito, an autopsy confirmed Tuesday. The Teton County coroner initially ruled her death a homicide. However, the official cause of death "remains pending final autopsy results," the FBI said in a statement. Meanwhile, authorities continued to search a swampy Florida preserve area near the home of Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23. Nothing of note was found at the Carlton Reserve and the search was expected to continue Wednesday. Laundrie has been labeled the sole person of interest in what began as a missing person case for Petito, 22. On Monday, FBI agents and police searched for clues in the North Port home the couple had been sharing with Laundrie's parents.

'The Wonder Years': New version of beloved show follows a Black family

"The Wonder Years" returns to ABC Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), but the remake will look much different from the sitcom that aired from 1988-93. Both series start their stories in the late 1960s with significant events in American history like the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement as backdrops. But while the original followed white star Fred Savage as he grew up in the suburbs, the remake follows a Black family in Montgomery, Alabama. "Wonder" is "uniquely its own series, showcasing a thriving Black family in the South, a contrast to the usual pop-culture portrayal of Black strife and pain in this era," writes USA TODAY TV critic Kelly Lawler. The new show still revolves around a man reflecting on his childhood, this time from the perspective of 12-year-old Dean Williams (Elisha Williams), voiced in future narration by Don Cheadle. Dulé Hill ("Psych," "The West Wing") plays Dean's father and Saycon Sengbloh is Dean's mom.

Farewell flip-flops, hello pumpkin spice: It's the autumnal equinox

Our long, hot summer is finally coming to an end Wednesday with the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox refers to the moment when the sun is directly above the equator, which will arrive 3:20 p.m. EDT, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. In the Southern Hemisphere, the event is known as the vernal or spring equinox and marks the beginning of spring. The word equinox comes from the Latin words "aequalis" and "nox," meaning equal night. On the autumnal (and the spring) equinox, day and night are both roughly 12 hours long in most of the world.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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